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2013 PASSHE Virtual Conference

Lani Uyeno and Leanne Chun Riseley will be presenting at the Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment: the 2013 PASSHE Virtual Conference on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7PM EST. Our session is on Using Teamwork in an Online Class: Five Successful Strategies. The presentation will highlight an online introductory computer science course’s use of teamwork with video highlights from other online STEM courses.

Context & Problem:  Employers are looking for college graduates who demonstrate teamwork and collaboration skills, but how do we help students develop these skills in online courses? One approach is to include teamwork as a requirement in an online course. But how does the instructor handle problems with students who do not want to be on a team or refuse to communicate or participate with their teams? What about the opposite problem: students who take over the team? How do you work with someone who does not want to take on the role of leader? What if the team produces poor work or does not plan properly?

Approach to Successful Teamwork: Audience will be asked to pair-share their experiences of using teams in online classes, including what has worked well and problems they have faced. Out of this discussion, we will share five strategies for successful teamwork in online classes.

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